35 percent of coronavirus patients could be asymptomatic, CDC says

CDC now says the coronavirus does not spread easily from touching surfaces or objects

According to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it may not be necessary to continually wipe down surfaces and objects to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

However, neither of these studies confirmed that coronavirus spread easily on surfaces, according to a report in USA Today on Thursday. On Tuesday, health officials changed the guide to say the virus mainly spreads between people and does not spread easily in other ways. "This is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads, but we are still learning more about this virus", the CDC said.

The new guidelines, however, warned that the virus "can spread from people to animals in some situations".

The CDC has now placed this possibility under a new category of causes that "do not" allow the virus to "spread easily", although such infections "may still be possible".

Earlier this month, the CDC said there was mounting evidence that suggests the novel coronavirus can be transmitted from presymptomatic or asymptomatic individuals, bolstering the argument for maintaining proper social distancing measures and possibly impacting the case-fatality rate for COVID-19. "COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly through close contact from person-to-person".

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Some countries, however, might be excluded, depending on the situation with their coronavirus outbreaks, the minister said. The final decision, he said, would be determined by "epidemiological criteria" and decided upon by health experts.

The previous advise had stated that it "may be possible" to catch Covid-19 from contaminated surfaces.

However, CDC's webpage does mention that touching surfaces may still be risky if the person then touches their face.

The virus travels through the droplets a person produces when talking or coughing, the CDC website says.

Munster and his colleagues showed in laboratory experiments that the virus remained potentially viable on cardboard for up to 24 hours and on plastic and metal surfaces for up to three days.

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